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When was News 24 Created – History in Short
News24 is an English-language South African online news publication created in October 1998 by the multinational media company, Naspers. Its team of approximately 100 journalists, led by editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson, are based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Adriaan Basson launched Digital Subscriptions for News 24
Like many of our peers internationally, we will be introducing a freemium paywall, which means most of our breaking news will remain free-to-read, but premium content will only be available to paying subscribers.
This is a landmark moment for all of us at News24; something we’ve been dying to tell you about since we started this journey to build a sustainable model for quality journalism almost two years ago.
Over the next few weeks, as we move closer to our official launch, we will tell you more about our subscription service and why we believe there has never been a more important time to invest in quality journalism than now.
Why this and why now?
Last year, News24 turned 21. Since 1998, we have established ourselves as the most trusted source for breaking news, sport, business and lifestyle content in South Africa. Throughout this period, we were free-to-read.
You have come to love and trust us for breaking the news. We want to strengthen the trust-relationship we have with you.
On 9/11 in 2001, we told you that two passenger airliners had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, changing the course of history. In February 2004, we sent you a breaking news alert when Charlize Theron became the first South African to win the Oscar for best actress.
And on 5 December 2013, we cried with you as the news broke that former president Nelson Mandela had died.
We take great pride in the fact that we are South Africa’s largest website. In June, more than 13 million unique users turned to News24 for the truth. Since the coronavirus hit our shores in early March, our audience has almost doubled. On any given day, we now have around 1.5 million unique users reading News24’s journalism.
And for the second year in a row, the Reuters Institute at Oxford University confirmed that News24 was the most trusted source of news in South Africa.
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